Staff Engineer Software

American Express

Date listed

3 weeks ago

Glassdoor Rating

3/5 (6800 reviews)

You Lead the Way. We’ve Got Your Back.

At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we’re supporting our customers’ financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what’s possible - and we’re proud to back each other every step of the way. When you join #TeamAmex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day.

Are you interested in a career creating breakthrough software and making an impact on an audience of millions?

American Express has embarked on an existing journey for our Global Payment Network Platform. This platform authorizes and processes all of the company’s customer card transactions. This Payment Network is a critical backbone for American Express’ payment products.

Our platform is a low latency, always available and highly resilient platform. It is used to process transactions from around the world 24x7, 365 days a year. The team working on this platform is forward-thinking, creative, multi-functional and collaborative. In this role, you will drive the technical implementation and design of our real-time payment network.

You will be a key Engineer that influences the future of payments at American Express.

Here are some examples of what you’ll be doing:

  • Contribute as a hands-on core member of a high-impact team that takes ownership and drives the design and implementation of cutting-edge software applications that empower our customers.
  • Contribute to our distributed real-time transaction routing engine (Go) and/or payment processing systems (Java). Write code and tests with a focus on quality, performance and resilience.
  • Lead experimentation and proof of concepts of new open source technologies to solve existing needs and future challenges. Influence the technology adoption for the payment network and broader company platforms.
  • Continuously improve our platform by refactoring and optimization of our platform. While using these efforts to mentor and teach other members of our engineering community.
  • Design and develop REST and gRPC based services running on a modern cloud-native platform.
  • Developing a deep understanding of innovative technology and how that technology can influence the payments industry.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience working with Go, Java, or a similar language with a strong desire to learn new languages.
  • Hands on experience in building distributed micro-service systems and experience with Service Mesh products is a plus.
  • Solid understanding of Docker.
  • Have experience in designing and building cloud-native applications. Experience in Kubernetes is a plus.
  • Experience in using NoSQL databases and distributed messaging systems is a plus.
  • Awareness of the challenges of distributed systems and practices of building highly available platforms.
  • A deep understanding of TCP/IP is a plus, but not required. We will instruct you.
  • Experience working in a DevOps model and Scrums teams.
  • An affinity to connect with openness and transparency and a passion to learn new technologies and optimize them to their potential.

Our Tech Stack

This role is for a specialized group within the American Express Engineering. We work with the below technologies daily.

  • Go and Java are the languages that power our platform. You only need to know one of these.
  • Our services run within Docker containers and primary run on Kubernetes clusters.
  • We monitor our systems using technologies like Prometheus, Elastic, Kibana, Grafana, Jaeger
  • We use HTTP/2 REST, gRPC, and Kafka.
  • We manage configuration and secrets using open source tools such as Consul & Vault
  • We use Modern datastores like Redis, Couchbase, Cassandra & Postgresql

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law.

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